Dr. Richard Palin


Richard completed his undergraduate Masters degree in Geology at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, in 2008, with a research project on the tectonothermal evolution of the Karakoram Metamorphic Complex, north Pakistan. Following a 14-month position in Queensland, Australia, working as an Exploration Field Geologist for Anglo Coal, he returned to Oxford to complete his PhD in 2009-2013, with a thesis entitled “Using metamorphic modelling techniques to investigate the thermal and structural evolution of the Himalayan-Karakoram-Tibetan orogen”. He moved to Mainz in early 2014 to begin postdoctoral work as part of the Metamorphic Geology research group, where he is investigating a range of different topics.

Research interests

Richard’s main research interests involve (1) constraining the thermal and structural evolution of the continental lithosphere during collisional orogenesis, and (2) investigating the nature of various fluid-rock and melt-rock interactions in different metamorphic environments. These objectives are commonly achieved by combining detailed petrology and petrography, metamorphic phase equilibria modelling, and radiogenic isotope geochronology, amongst other techniques. Several field- and laboratory-based case studies of regions from within the Himalayan-Karakoram-Tibetan Orogen have produced quantitative models that constrain the timing and nature of growth and deformation of the Indian and Asian tectonic plates from the macro- to the micro-scale. Further information and details of particular case studies and associated publications can be found on his personal webpage, located at http://www.staff.uni-mainz.de/rpalin/.